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Chapter Three. Editing Patterns > Editing With Common Patterns

Editing With Common Patterns

Before we discuss editing patterns for specific genres, let's consider patterns that are so basic they cut across genre lines. You'll find yourself using these structures again and again in common editing situations.

Starting a Scene

Every scene has to start somewhere—but getting started is often the hardest part. The most common way to start any scene is with the basic once-upon-a-time film “sentence” that goes, LS MS CU. The LS can be any establishing shot that introduces the characters in an environment. Cutting to an MS moves your viewer closer to the subject. Finally, you settle into a close shot, where you can show the details of what's going on (Figure 3.1).


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